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504NOSON2



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:20 am Reply with quote
This is so gonna get bought. Twice. (Meaning, I'm gonna purchase two copies, at once).

AKFG and Sambomaster are my two favorite Japanese bands. Gotta show support.



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AnimeDuelist15



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:48 am Reply with quote
504NOSON2 wrote:
This is so gonna get bought. Twice. (Meaning, I'm gonna purchase two copies, at once).

AKFG and Sambomaster are my two favorite Japanese bands. Gotta show support.



::Humming "After Dark" to myself, as I click off the page::



Gotta agree with you there. AKFG and FLOW are my top favorite J-Rock bands. I will be picking this up.
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mediaright



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:50 am Reply with quote
Error in here: This is NOT their first state-side release. "Sol-fa" got a limited release in the states too through the old Tofu Records.
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The American Average



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:31 am Reply with quote
These guys are still around? I haven't heard much about them in a while but i'm no Jrock master. cool CD cover though
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LagannImpact



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:40 am Reply with quote
I wonder if all the songs have been translated into Engrish...
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mediaright



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:19 am Reply with quote
A few links. They're shrewd (and amazing) live performers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQYKWTFCEYs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWOmOHm-XrI

Here's their un-official fan forums:
http://www.akfgfan.com/forum/
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504NOSON2



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:29 am Reply with quote
Thanks, dude.

I really enjoyed them.
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ddojo



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:05 am Reply with quote
As was stated earlier, this is not their first U.S. release - although I do believe it's their first digital release in North America. Tofu Records release Sol-Fa along with a DVD that featured a few live performances as a bonus.

Please download the album if you can, such a wonderful band. They're the only band I've ever imported albums of - and I imported quite a few over the years. Well worth your time, and they have a very large catalogue!
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metroid24



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:14 am Reply with quote
nice i haven't gotten a Jrock album in the states since t.m revolution was with tofu records ill be sure to buy it on amazon and put it on my ZUNE ASAP
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Ghstmtrx



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:35 pm Reply with quote
Asian Kung-fu Generation is hands down my favorite band, period. English or Japanese. I love all their music, it is just fantastic and inspiring.

They may not have contributed to any anime since "Maigo Inu to Ame no Beat" for The Tatami Galaxy, and an even longer period before that, but they have still been rockin' and remain extremely popular. (You might want to mention in the article that "Solanin" was the theme to the live action movie Solanin)

Guess I will also be buying this twice. I already ordered the CD, guess I will support the english release as well, would be nice if more Japanese music would be released here. Although I perfer physical CD's so I can add to my collection.

As far as the album itself goes, it has alot of great songs. Aside from the anime themes I love "Fujisawa Loser", and "Blue Train" has the best drums I have ever heard in a song.

Personally I think it should have included the songs "Atarashii Sekai" and "Maigo Inu to Ame no Beat" but this is a best album and everyone will have an opinion on what is best. Still love the album!
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baadaku12345



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:23 pm Reply with quote
"After Dark" and "Far and Beyond (aka Haruka Kanata)" are the best J rock songs I've ever heard, so this is a must buy.
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Deadwing



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:14 am Reply with quote
Is it going to get a domestic CD release? I don't own an MP3 player, nor do I ever plan on getting one, and $40+ for the import is too much for one CD.
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